SAUDI ARABIA – New Residence Scheme Approved

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years.

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SAUDI ARABIA – New Residence Scheme Approved

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UNITED STATES – Trump Administration Dismantles DACA

On 5 September 2017, the US Attorney General announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Executive Action in June 2012 will be terminated in six months.

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UNITED STATES – Trump Administration Dismantles DACA

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Rules for Green Card Applicants

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective 1 October 2017, it will eliminate the practice of waiving employment-based adjustment of status interviews, which has been standard practice for approximately two decades.

In another departure from previous standard practice, USCIS has now started to deny Advance Parole applications when the applicant departs the United States, even if the applicant holds H-1B, H-4 or L status.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Rules for Green Card Applicants

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UNITED STATES – Senators Introduce Immigration Reform Law

Republican senators have introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act into the Senate with the goal of spurring economic growth and raising US workers’ wages by creating a skills-based immigration system.

The RAISE Act calls for drastic cuts to the family-based permanent resident programs while creating a points system for employment-based green cards.

Our US partner, Maggio Kattar, has more information:

UNITED STATES –What Does the “Raise” Act Mean for Immigration in the U.S.?

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UNITED STATES – Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Key Parts of Second Executive Order on Immigration

On 15 March 2017, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) with nationwide effect, blocking key parts of the Trump Administration’s second Executive Order on travel and visa issuance, which was due to come into effect on 16 March 2017.

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UNITED STATES – Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Parts of Second Executive Order on Immigration

For further information on the Executive Order and the legal challenges facing it, please read this update from Maggio + Kattar.


UNITED STATES – New Executive Order on Immigration Effective 16 March

On 6 March 2017, President Donald Trump released a revised executive order entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (the “Order”) following legal challenges to the preceding order issued earlier this year.

The new Order becomes effective as of 16 March 2017, and differs from the previous Order in several important respects.

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UNITED STATES – New Executive Order on Immigration Effective 16 March

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the White House and Littler.

WEBINAR: US Immigration Under The Trump Administration


Today, Tuesday 7 February 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST our US immigration partner Maggio + Kattar is hosting a webinar on “US Immigration Under The Trump Administration“.

Recent changes implemented and proposed by the White House as well as Congress may bring significant changes for employers and their foreign national workers. Maggio + Kattar will discuss the potential impact of these changes, timeline if proposed changes are approved, and strategies for employers to mitigate risk and disruption to their organisations.

In this webinar, Managing Shareholders Jim Alexander and John Nahajzer will discuss:

  • Changes to US Immigration Policy;
  • Executed Executive Orders;
  • Potential Future Changes;
  • Timeline of When Changes Would Impact Employers;
  • Heightened Enforcement and Focus on Compliance;
  • Strategies For Employers To Mitigate Risk and Disruption.

Please click here to register.